- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Minnesota
- Master of Arts, University of Minnesota
- Bachelor of Arts in Design, North Dakota State University
I have practiced interior design professionally since 1969, and over the past forty-plus years, have taught a wide range of interior design courses at the university level. Because I value giving back to the design community, I have spoken and lectured on the subject of the design of the interior environment at many universities, community colleges, professional conferences, and other academic and personal enrichment venues throughout the United States. My past experiences as an educator and interior design program administrator, along with my years of experience as a CIDA accreditation site visitor and Team Leader, a member of a special CIDA Task Force and as a CIDA Program Consultant, has provided me with a rich perspective into the analysis and development of interior architecture and design curricula.
I consider myself an avid travel enthusiast, a perpetual student, and a devotee of material culture studies. Wanting to share these experiences with students and others, my academic study abroad has allowed me to author several popular press articles for the online design newsletter Plinth & Chintz. (www.plinthandchintz.com).
Professionally, I have participated in design competitions and have been honored with first place awards for my creative work. In addition to earning graduate degrees in Interior Design, I have been qualified as a professional member of ASID, IIDA, IDEC and have been certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) since 1982.